Category Archives: Spoonbill

Flash Of Pink, Spoonbill

A blue sky, and suddenly a rose color against the clouds.

Flash Of Pink, Spoonbill
Flash Of Pink, Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbills have been hiding deeper in the marsh, away from any trails. The good news is they remained all winter, again. Like other tropical birds their range has extended north a little. For us that’s all it takes.

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Plodding Along, Spoonbill

I took both of these photographs on different days. One had a low water level, the second a lot more. Both in the same marsh.

Plodding Along, Spoonbill
Plodding Along, Spoonbill

These images were in the web site ‘to be published’ folder. I guess today was the day.

What prompted me to finally get them was the marsh of today (6/29/2019). The water was twice as deep, and the Spoonbills way off in a far corner.

Plodding Along, Spoonbill
Plodding Along, Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill are a tropical bird, and now they live here all year round. This is the second year I have documented their stay.

The climate has changed, the Spoonbills noticed.

A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator

As I was hiding from yet another heat wave I hit the work pile.

A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator
A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator

It’s an incredible privilege to do this full time. It also means I need to be diligent about developing / finishing the photographs.

I am way behind and some may never see the light of day.

A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator
A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator

This is catch up from at least 2 months ago.

A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator
A Few Locals, Spoonbill And Alligator

Oh, they didn’t get eaten.

 

Locals In A Marsh, Alligator

One of the key subjects of this web site has not had much coverage lately. I tend to hunt out and photograph Alligators more than most. Some of the other photographers jokingly gave me the nick name ‘Gator Bait’.

Locals In A Marsh, Alligator
Locals In A Marsh, Alligator
Locals In A Marsh, Alligator
Locals In A Marsh, Alligator

I can’t totally ignore the big guys so I pulled a few shots from the ‘to do’ pile.

Locals In A Marsh, Alligator
Locals In A Marsh, Alligator

These were taken around the wildlife management areas in the ACE Basin. The basin is one of the largest marsh areas in the US. There may be more Alligators here than the entire human population of South Carolina.

Locals In A Marsh, Alligator
Locals In A Marsh, Alligator

A walk along the marshes or dikes is an adventure at every turn.

 

 

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

This was the right place at the right time. A group of Roseate Spoonbill came right to me and landed.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

While this tree, and small marsh island, may be a favorite spot of theirs you still need to be there when they arrive.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

Like everything in wildlife photography you never know what or when. Just need to be out there. I do admit they have made it easier by staying here year round.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

Several came in, as a group, making it difficult to decide where to shoot.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

Ultimately it was just focus and point, figure things out later.